The Solomon Amendment is a federal law that governs the type of student data (defined as recruitment information) that may be released to military recruiters without student consent. Under this law, the following has been designated as recruitment information: student name, addresses, telephone numbers, date and place of birth, level of education, academic major, degrees received, and the most recent previous educational institution attended.
No other information should be released to a military recruiter without the student's written permission. In addition, no information, including recruitment information, should be released about a student who has a privacy hold on his or her record.
The Solomon Amendment provides a significant exception to FERPA, which typically would prohibit non-consensual release of student data not previously designated as directory information, such as date and place of birth. Under the Solomon Amendment, the university must comply with requests from military recruiters for student recruitment information, even if that information has not been designated directory information under FERPA. Please note, however, that the university is required to respond to requests to each branch of the armed services once a term only. For questions regarding requests for release of student information to military recruiters, please contact the University Registrar.